Annually, three residents are selected during the winter of the PL-2 year to serve a fourth year as Chief Residents. The position carries a broad range of responsibilities, similar to those of junior faculty members. In addition to assisting first-, second- and third-year residents as mentors, the Chief Residents participate in the overall administrative operation of the residency program, which includes designing and maintaining resident schedules. Chiefs serve as advocates and liaisons between the house staff, faculty, and administration. They serve as members of many hospital administrative committees. Most fondly, Chief Residents serve as educators in daily conferences, including "Chief Rounds," our case-based, highly interactive version of the morning report. Our Chiefs have presented their innovative techniques for teaching a continuum of learners in dynamic ways at multiple annual meetings of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors.

For eight weeks, each of the Chief Residents acts as an attending physician in the inpatient service. They also spend several sessions each week in the outpatient clinics, either as solo practitioners or as preceptors to medical students and residents in our continuity and sick clinics. Chiefs are encouraged to take part in research projects and curricular design at the hospital. Many of our recent Chiefs have presented their scholarly work at national meetings.

Chief Residents 2022-2023
St. Christopher's Pediatric Chief Residents 2022-2023
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

(from left to right: Drs. Bret Johnson, Francesca Prewitt, and Jasmine Preston)

Dr. Bret Johnson, DO

  • Hometown: Potomac, MD
  • College: Pennsylvania State University
  • Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Future plan: Outpatient general pediatrics
  • Favorite things to do in Philly: Spending time in Wissahickon Park
  • Why St. Chris: “The culture of advocacy”

Dr. Francesca Prewitt, DO

  • Hometown: Downingtown, PA
  • College: Auburn University
  • Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Future plan: Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship
  • Favorite thing to do in Philly: the food scene and sporting events
  • Why St. Chris: “The focus on education and teaching residents to be educators”

Dr. Jasmine Preston, MD

  • Hometown: Roanoke, VA
  • College: University of Virginia
  • Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Future plan: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
  • Favorite things to do in Philly: try new restaurants
  • Why St. Chris: “So many reasons but my favorites are the amount of education that you get at St. Chris between chief rounds, noon and half-day education.  Our diverse patient population is another reason due to my interests in health disparities.  The attendings and staff members truly care about you and you definitely get the family feeling here!”
Where are our 2021-2022 Chiefs now?
Chief Residents 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(from left to right: Drs. Sujung Kim, Brian Novi, and Paige Jarmuz)

  • Dr. Sujung Kim is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellow at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, CA.
  • Dr. Brian Novi is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellow at Cohen Children's Medical Center in Queens, NY.
  • Dr. Paige (Jarmuz) Scopelliti is an attending hospitalist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Where are our 2020-2021 Chiefs now?
Chief Residents 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(from left to right: Drs. Shayna Dooling, Matt MacDougall, and Tara Iyengar)

  • Dr. Shayna Dooling is a fellow in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.

  • Dr. Matt MacDougall is a fellow in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Golisano Children’s Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY.
  • Dr. Tara Iyengar is a fellow in Pediatric Cardiology at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL.
Where is the Class of 2022 now?
  • Courtney Barnes, DO - General Pediatrician; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Moorestown NJ
  • Christina Baviskar, MD - General Pediatrician; Primary Pediatrics, Silver Spring MD
  • Jennifer Boyd, MD - Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship; St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia PA
  • Michele Bresler, DO - Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship; Norton Children’s Hospital, St. Louis KY
  • Jordan Chu, MD - General Pediatrician; Society Hill Pediatrics, Philadelphia PA
  • Sophia Gauthier, MD - Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship; Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin TX
  • Nikita Gupta, MD - General Pediatrician; Pediatric Partners at Bel Air, Bel Air MD
  • Luke Hartman, MD - Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Child Abuse Combined Fellowship; Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus OH
  • Kelsey Hayden, DO - General Pediatrician, Nemours Children’s Health; Glen Mills PA
  • Niti Jethava, MD - General Pediatrician, Abington Pediatrics; Abington PA
  • Bret Johnson, DO - Pediatric Chief Resident; St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia PA
  • Anoosha Kasanagottu, DO - Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship; Nemours Children’s Hospital, Wilmington DE
  • Alexandra Kirsch, MD - Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship; Nemours Children’s Hospital, Wilmington DE
  • Ammad Malik, DO - Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta GA
  • Jasmine Preston, MD - Pediatric Chief Resident; St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia PA
  • Francesca Prewitt, DO - Pediatric Chief Resident; St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia PA
  • Uma Raman, MD - Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship; Yale Hospital, New Haven CT
  • Diormi Rosario, DO - Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship; Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn NY
  • Virginia Saurman, DO - Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA
  • Suzanna Sellars, DO - Adolescent Medicine Fellowship; Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI
  • Morgan Sutter, MD - General Pediatrician; Advocare DelGiorno Pediatrics, Blackwood NJ
  • Sneha Tolia, DO - Attending Hospitalist; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA
  • Rajidivya Viswanathan, MD - Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship; The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD
  • Kajsa Vlasic, MD - Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Global Health Combined Fellowship; Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City UT